Joe Lombardi

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Joe Lombardi
Candid photograph of Lombardi wearing a grey shirt and white visor bearing a logo standing on a football practice field
Lombardi in 2009
New Orleans Saints
Position:Quarterbacks coach
Personal information
Born: (1971-06-06) June 6, 1971 (age 47)
Seattle, Washington
Career information
High school:Seattle (WA) Seattle Preparatory
College:Air Force Academy
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Coaching stats at PFR

Joseph Philip Lombardi (born June 6, 1971) is an American football coach and former college player and is the quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He was the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions from 2014 to 2015.[1] He is the grandson of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi.[2][3]


A 1994 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Lombardi played tight end for the Falcons under head coach Fisher DeBerry. He lettered three seasons and started as a senior; he also lettered a season in lacrosse.[4][5] He served his four-year on active duty in the Air Force, the last two years of which he juggled his football and Air Force schedules as he was a volunteer coach at Dayton.[6][7][8]

Prior to coaching in the NFL, Lombardi coached at the college level at Mercyhurst University (Formerly Mercyhurst College), Bucknell University, the Virginia Military Institute, and the University of Dayton. He coached for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen during the one year of the XFL.

Lombardi was a defensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons in 2006 under head coach Jim Mora.

Lombardi joined the Saints as an offensive assistant in 2007, and became the quarterbacks coach before the Saints' Super Bowl winning season of 2009.[9] During his time in New Orleans, starting quarterback Drew Brees set numerous passing records, including passing for more than 5,000 yards five times (four times with Lombardi as quarterbacks coach), and setting the record (now surpassed) for the most passing yards in a single season (5,476 in 2011).

Lombardi was offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions from 2014 to 2015. On October 26, 2015, he was fired by the Lions, along with several other members of the coaching staff, after a 1–6 start to the season.[10] He was re-hired by the New Orleans Saints to his original position.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Lombardi is the grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, who died the year before he was born, and son of Vince Lombardi, Jr.[2][3]

The youngest of four siblings,[11][12] all born in Minnesota, Lombardi also lived in Washington, New York, and Michigan.[13][14]

Lombardi played high school football at Seattle Prep, and graduated in 1990.[15]

Lombardi and his wife Molly have six children: three sons and three daughters. The family is Catholic.[16][17]

Lombardi is a USAA member for life.


  1. ^ Katzenstein, Josh (October 26, 2015). "Lions fire coordinator Lombardi, two OL coaches". Detroit News. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Chip off the Block Vince Lombardi's grandson is playing college football". Sports Illustrated. November 4, 1991. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Eskenazi, Gerald (March 30, 1982). "Lombardi's son is confronting an image". New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  4. ^ "Joe Lombardi: Quarterbacks". New Orleans Saints. Archived from the original on June 18, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "Joe Lombardi". Mercyhurst College Athletics. 2005. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  6. ^ Dougherty, Pete (September 18, 2014). "Joe Lombardi building own NFL legacy". Packer News. Press-Gazette Media. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  7. ^ Tiernan, Ricky (June 23, 2013). "New Orleans Saints' Joe Lombardi: his own legacy". Canal Street Chronicles. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  8. ^ Wehrle, Phil (August 5, 2009). "Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi living family dream". Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  9. ^ Wine, Stephen (February 4, 2010). "Lombardi family has shot at another NFL title". Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "TWENTYMAN: Lions reorganize offensive staff". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  11. ^ Anderson, Dave (November 29, 1976). "Vince Lombardi's son". New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  12. ^ Lewis, Mike (January 11, 2008). "Under The Needle: Meet Vince Lombardi, Seahawks fan". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  13. ^ "Obituary: Jill Frances Lombardi". Minot Daily News. February 26, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  14. ^ Carpenter, Les (January 28, 2001). "Evincing the Lombardi legend". Seattle Times. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  15. ^ Peoples, John (October 29, 1989). "Lombardi`s grandson gets no special treatment". Chicago Tribune. (Seattle Times). Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  16. ^ Yuille, Sean (January 23, 2014). "A closer look at Joe Lombardi's coaching career". Pride of Detroit. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  17. ^ "Joe Lombardi's Super Bowl and Super Faith Stories". Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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